Owning a pub can have its advantages in small-town politics. Mary Ann Brigham, owner of Ruth McGowan’s Brewpub, took a two-year hiatus from the Cloverdale City Council, but it didn’t hurt when she ran for re-election. Brigham cruised to victory in the City Council race on Tuesday, capturing 41 percent of the vote. Incumbent Bob Cox retained his seat, with 32 percent of the vote, defeating fellow incumbent Gus Wolter, who received 27 percent.
A Cloverdale apartment complex for senior citizens is in line for a major remodel if the city approves the mechanism for generating up to $13 million in bonds.
Several cities in Sonoma County are quietly cutting their taxes on most real estate transactions, a tacit acknowledgment that for years they may have been charging too much. Cloverdale, Cotati and Sebastopol have reduced or are proposing to decrease their so-called documentary transfer tax rate, which tacks hundreds of dollars on the sale of an average home.
Cloverdale is joining a growing group of cities closed for business on Fridays. The Friday closures of Cloverdale City Hall will begin March 2, part of a series of cost-cutting measures approved by the City Council to offset the latest dip in general fund revenues.
Building a new police station is a top priority in Cloverdale, but whether that happens anytime soon hinges on a court battle, newly appointed Mayor Bob Cox said Monday. Like other cities around the state, Cloverdale is hoping a state Supreme Court hearing in January will free up funding for redevelopment projects such as the new police headquarters.
Alarmed by statistics that show a high level of underage alcohol consumption in the community, Cloverdale City Council members are crafting an ordinance that targets adults who allow teen drinking parties. The “Social Host Ordinance,” a tool already used in three other cities in Sonoma County, allows officers to impose criminal and civil penalties on adults if there are repeat instances of underage drinking in their homes.
There’s a new face on the Cloverdale City Council. Robert M. “Bob” Cox, a member of the city’s Planning Commission, will fill the vacancy created by the recent resignation of Councilwoman Mary Ann Brigham.